Tags 11/14/11

Since I seem to be spending the majority of my time on social media sites posting stuff, I thought I’d link those posts here on my personal site as well…
Good article on problem solving various types of “injuries.”

This is a followup to my last arti­cle (Training Related Injuries – Is it Serious, or Just a Tweak?) where we discussed if the diffi­cul­ties you are expe­ri­enc­ing in move­ment are seri­ous enough to warrant going to a physician.

Today, let’s go into further detail about:

  • How partic­u­lar injuries and condi­tions occur
  • What you can do to relieve them
Loved this from Jim Wendler: “Believe in yourself and be a motherf*cker – if you don’t no one else will. Have love in your heart and an axe in your hand. Hug and swing discriminately.” http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/default.asp?qid=157346&tid

Reading this, I find myself in good company: http://brainz.org/50-most-brilliant-atheists-all-time/

“Atheism is generating quite a lot of attention these days. Prominent atheists are getting the word out about their views in increasing numbers and generating lots of public debate on the proper place of religion in governments and societies in the modern world. And now more than ever, atheists have been able to network together and join forces because of the Internet.”

Almost There

I saw my doctor yesterday, in a follow-up to check out the status of my lungs after getting whooping cough. I am officially on the mend. My lungs are almost back to normal (in terms of inflammation and capacity). My doctor suggested a few more days of recovery (no going “balls-to-the-wall” in training). So nothing too extreme until next week; yoga, walks with my wonderful wife, maybe some light BW work, that’s all…

I can’t express to you how grateful I am to be off all the meds I was taking to fight the WC: steroid, antibiotic, inhaler (a first for me!), high level anti-inflammatory, cough suppressant… My liver needs a rest…

During my visit with my doctor something sideways happened that I think is going to help me – both as an athlete (performance wise), as well as personally – we got to talking about my blood work and what I am taking supplement-wise to alter certain profiles (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, testosterone, insulin, etc). She gave me some stellar advice on what to do, and take to achieve the numbers I’d like. So I am going to try her advice for the next three months and see what (if anything) changes in my profile(s)…

I am looking forward to getting back to training. I am missing both Jiu-jitsu and strength training. (How many of you can say that? :)) Plus I’ve got some specific goals to meet in the next 6-weeks, before our trip to Hawaii in mid-April.

And now a quote that made me laugh out loud: “pro-lifers are the first to value the juice of a good steak.” ~ Brian Raney

Ciao for now!

Expanding Horizons

In some ways it seems silly and pretentious to write all this out, but given the nature of what a personal blog is I’m going to try and get through it…

First off some direction through definition:

1. To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: expanded her store by adding a second room. See Synonyms at increase.
2. To express at length or in detail; enlarge on: expanded his remarks afterward.
3. To open (something) up or out; spread out: The bird expanded its wings and flew off.
4. Mathematics To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.


1. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) Also called visible horizon apparent horizon the apparent line that divides the earth and the sky
2. (Astronomy) Astronomy
a.  Also called sensible horizon the circular intersection with the celestial sphere of the plane tangential to the earth at the position of the observer
b.  Also called celestial horizon the great circle on the celestial sphere, the plane of which passes through the centre of the earth and is parallel to the sensible horizon
3. the range or limit of scope, interest, knowledge, etc.
4. (Earth Sciences / Geological Science) a thin layer of rock within a stratum that has a distinct composition, esp of fossils, by which the stratum may be dated
5. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) a layer in a soil profile having particular characteristics See A horizon, B horizon, C horizon
on the horizon likely or about to happen or appear

I put these definitions here to help lay out where I am going with this post in particular and this blog in the abstract. In particular, I am looking at incorporating definitions 1, 2 and 3 from the first, and 3 of the second.

When I first started this blog, in its original inception, way back in time (2001), I had envisioned a place where I shared the things that I had an interest in (writing, art, training, politics, cultural anthropology, comparative religions, etc.), or had a hand in (family “stuff,” writing, art, training, commodity training, etc.).

Over the years it has vacillated somewhere in-between these two poles, even splitting into two separate blogs for a while, one specifically about my training, the other encompassing all the other areas.

A couple of years ago I recombined them back together to streamline my web-presence.

For the last year this blog has been almost exclusively about training. Now, I love training, both for myself and my clients… But my life is bigger than this, and I am feeling “cramped” by the focus I’ve been plying to it. I love helping people meet their physical goals (as well as my own) and am going to continue to perform in those arenas. But it is time to take a much wider focus and reopen the doors to those other fields of enquiry.

I have taken the last couple of months deciding what and where I want to go with this site – especially as I spend considerably more time on Facebook and Twitter micro-blogging than here.

For the for seeable future I am going to be putting posts up on everything from old (and new) artwork, my writing (including putting up new articles that I haven’t found venues for yet), articles and posts on current events, politics, news, etc., stories I love about comparative religion, cultural anthropology, commodity trading, and more…

Hopefully you’ll stay tuned for what I have planned… And maybe tell your friends. 😉

Ciao for now!

The Only Reasons to Exercise

It’s been said before: “You can’t outrun your diet.”

Exercise is NOT the way to lose fat (though some types of exercise can help you lose weight). There are only three reasons to exercise (unless training for a sport then there are five reasons): 1. Building/maintaining lean muscle (including your heart). 2. To help (along with your diet and sleep) hormonal optimization/gene expression – in whatever endeavor direction you’re looking to go (mass building, fat loss, optimal health, et cetera). 3. Building/maintaining your movement palette – tumbling, hand-balancing, yoga, Pilates, martial art, dance, gymnastics, et cetera…

The other two reasons? Strength and conditioning…

If anyone says differently they are trying to sell you something – most likely, something you don’t need, or would ever want…